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The Pursuit of Happiness

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2007

    Great Book

    At first, I was a little reluctant to read this, because I noticed some other plot lines in the MTV books line, and I thought this would be a shallow book. I was wrong. The Pursuit of Happiness is a book about just that - looking for happiness. Betsy was a believable character who had to deal with her mother's death. It turned her into a different person. This book could have lessened the swears and sex talk, and it took me a chapter or two to get into, but it was still great. I found myself wanting to keep reading, but at the same time, I was sad about reaching the end. All in all, this one is worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2006

    Loved it 3

    i loved 'the pursite of happiness'! i could really relate to some of the main characters feelings! i never wanted to put the book down. if you love sarah dessen you'll most likely love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2006

    really good read

    This is the first book I have read by Tara Altebrando, and it is really good. It is kind of sad in places, but in a good way. I felt very close to the characters and the story as I read. I would recommend it if you like Sarah Dessen's books or Bad Girls by Alex McAulay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2006

    Loved it :)

    I have to say that I absolutely loved The Pursuit of Happiness. If you're a fan of Sarah Dessen like I am, I can assure that you'll love it, too. It's a fairly quick read (I read it in a day and a half and would have been quicker but school got in the way!), but not in the mindless type of way that so many other chick lit books are. From the beginning, the novel held my attention because Betsy is so incredibly relatable. I haven't experienced something as tragic as the loss of a parent, but so many of her thoughts are thoughts that I hear in my head as well, and her reaction to situations are reactions that I could see, have seen, in myself and my friends. The characters are great. I hate how, in many books, the main characters will do things and say things that just make you groan and say, 'Nooo! Why'd you do that?!' Why do I want to read about a person who does things that annoy me? In here, Betsy makes mistakes, says things she shouldn't say, but you can see where she's coming from. I didn't find myself angry at her every move (although there were times, but that's to be expected in any chick lit book). Then there's Liza, the unexpected friend. I love how Betsy makes amazing friends at the most unexpected place, which is the job she started out hating. Liza, supposedly a rebel and a freak, turns out to be more of a friend than Betsy's usual gang, and isn't afraid to be honest, tell it like it is. The other character I fell in love with: James. In Sarah Dessen's books, there is always something that makes me feel light and airy, and that's that I always want the guy for myself! This, I can say, is the same case in The Pursuit of Happiness. I love James! He carves things for Betsy, teaches her how to surf, encourages her to remember her mother through stories. But he's also by no means perfect. I don't want to give anything away, though, so I'll have to stop there. ) Lastly, Betsy's art project (cutting pictures out of black construction paper) is one of the most original ideas I've read. Usually, it's running or sports or music or drawing, but just paper? She finds peace in this project and through it is able to come to terms with her relationships between family and friends, which is really awesome. It's sort of made me want to try it out for myself (but I know I that shouldn't, as I am by no means that artistic). Overall, I really did love this book. It drew me in, causing me to (I admit) blow off my homework, just so that I could finish reading it. Perfect for a day when you just want to sit down and read a book from cover to cover. :)

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